CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? NO!!!
What do I mean by the title of this paper? As Christians, we are called to be set apart. The Bible gives verse after verse that tells us that although we are in this world, we no longer should follow the rules or ways of thinking of the world. If you have truly accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, then that should mean that Jesus' voice and Jesus' ways are what you should be following and obeying. You should no longer be desirous of fellowship with the people of this world who are against Christ. You cannot just go along with anybody and everybody, even if you think you are doing it for "a greater good." The Bible tells us to make a choice. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15). And in making that choice, you will realize that, no, we can't all just get along.
There is a new way of thinking that seems to be infiltrating churches and taking over the minds of people who call themselves Christians. This new philosophy talks about ecumenism (a movement that promotes worldwide unity among religions) and a coming together of different faiths and beliefs. This new attitude being touted encourages people to work with one another, no matter what the individual's doctrine or practice, as long as there is a common goal.
But Christians who fall for this and join ranks with the ungodly people of this world are making a terrible mistake and disobeying the one and only true living God. I don't care if the cause is feeding the homeless, saving trees, Operation Rescue or another pro-life organization, AIDS awareness, or another Million Man March. Christians are not supposed to join forces with people who are blatantly against Jesus Christ. And here are Bible verses that will show you that what I say is true:
2 Corinthians 6:14-17, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Be'li-al? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord..."
Ephesians 5:11, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Psalm 1:1, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
We are not supposed to be tied together or yoked together with unbelievers. We cannot all march together and sing Kumbaya, while wearing our assorted t-shirts proclaiming our various affiliations, and just pretend that we are one big happy family. Christians are not to walk with, stand with, or work on causes with those people who reject and disrespect Christ.
I CAN HEAR WHAT YOU ARE THINKING, "BUT THESE PEOPLE AREN'T ALL EVIL. ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS IS A ______________________."
If that is your way of thinking, I have a question for you: Would you join up with the antichrist for a so-called good cause? Of course not. But let's look at exactly who the antichrist is. Who is the anti-Christ? 1 John 2:22 tells us "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. So anyone who denies that Jesus is God and that Christ is the Savior IS antichrist. Period!
And many of these people who you say, "but they aren't evil," in fact, most of these people have no shame at all in proudly stating that they are against Christ and for their own man-made religion or chosen lifestyle. Why would you want to be associated with someone who proudly is against everything that the God you supposedly serve is for?
If my neighbor was a follower of Satan, and I saw his house burning, I would not hesitate to do what I could to help him out of that house. But I would not go into business with him or start dating him or join forces with him in any way, shape, or form.
AND IF YOU ARE FOOLING YOURSELF INTO BELIEVING THAT THESE HEATHEN PEOPLE ARE OKAY BECAUSE THEY SUPPOSEDLY DO GOOD WORKS OR ARE BASICALLY NICE, THE BIBLE GIVES YOU THIS WARNING:
Isaiah 5:20,23, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Which justify the wicked for reward."
Proverbs 24:24, "He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him."
Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
Jeremiah 10:2, "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them."
Maybe, just maybe you are not truly a Christian if you so easily blend in with those who are against Christ. If you can disregard God's Word and live by your own standards, maybe Christ is not really your Savior at all.
1 John 2:3-4, "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
NOW, YOU MAY BE THINKING, "BUT WON'T WE BE STRONGER AND BE ABLE TO DO MORE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY IF WE INCLUDE EVERYONE?"
To that I say a resounding NO. Just because there are bigger numbers, that does not mean there is a stronger force. And if that multitude is inclusive of people who are wolves in sheep's clothing, that will lead to ultimate chaos, possible destruction, and a definite tarnishing of what the name Christian is supposed to stand for.
Here is an example of the danger of allowing even a little poison into something: If someone offered you a glass of water and told you that it was 99% pure and 1% poison, would you drink it? Of course not. You know that although it might not kill you immediately, you would slowly get sicker and sicker if you continued allowing that poison entrance into your body.
Well, the same is true when you compromise the righteous standards of God and join forces with those who are not brethren. If you give the enemy even a toehold, next thing you know he has a foothold, and before you know it, he has a stronghold. You no longer would even have control over whatever the thing is because now the enemy has gotten their web intertwined in everything.
Isaiah 31:1-3, " Woe to them that go down to Egypt [or the world] for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord! Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is helped shall fall down, and they all shall fail together."
Deuteronomy 7:26, "Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing."
2 John 1:10-11, "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
If God does not want us to even allow these people or their trinkets into our houses, what makes you think that He wants you to join with them in trying to do some so-called good work?
My God who I have read about in my Bible and who resides in my heart is able to do great things without my making a deal with the devil. If He could feed five thousand with just a few loaves, I do believe he can handle the ills of this world in a way that is perfect in His eyes without my laying with dogs.
IF YOU ARE TRULY A CHRISTIAN, YOU SHOULD LOVE THE LORD MORE THAN ANY PERSON OR ANY GROUP OR ANY CAUSE
1 John 2:15, " Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
If Christ is really your Savior, you should love Him and obey His words above and beyond all else. If a group or cause or good work makes you do things contrary to what God would have you do, then that group or cause or good work obviously is more important to you than Jesus. And God's Word tells us this regarding how He feels when something takes His place in our lives:
Matthew 10:34-37, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worth of me."
If the Lord wants you to love him before even the members of your own family, you must know that He expects those who truly love Him to obey Him over associations and organizations of the world.
Here are more verses to elaborate this point:
Psalm 97:10,"Ye that love the Lord, hate evil."
Luke 16:13, "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
James 4:4, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
1 Corinthians 10:21, "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils."
DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A WAR GOING ON?
We are at war with the god of this world, Satan, and all of the different powers of darkness that he uses to ensnare people. We are soldiers in God's army. What kind of soldier goes to his enemy's camp for a rally? What kind of soldier puts down his weapon so that he and his enemy can strategize about a food drive? Have you ever heard the story of the Trojan horse? Look out when your enemy is coming at you bearing gifts, whether they be material gifts or gifts of their services in your common cause.
Ephesians tells us that we are not to lower our guard, but that we are to be always on guard:
Ephesians 6:10, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
Are you doing "all to stand," or are you giving Satan's henchmen your phone number, pager number, and the keys to your house?
People are either for our Lord or against Him. You are either pure because you have been washed in Christ's blood, or you are defiled. And the two have no common leg to stand on.
Titus 1:15, "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. "
IF YOUR CHURCH IS TALKING THIS "LET'S JOIN FORCES" NONSENSE, YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER CHURCH
Acts 5:29, "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."
Colossians 3:23,"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."
Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
Psalm 118:8. "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. "
CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE
1 John 1:5, "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
Joshua 24:14-16," Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods."
Jeremiah 7:23, "But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward."